With the deadline of submitting comments of stakeholders on genetically modified mustard to the central biotech regulator coming to an end on Wednesday, both anti- and pro-GM groups have stepped up their efforts to bring finer points of their respective arguments in public domain.

Ranging from holding 'Sarson Satyagraha' to round table conference in different parts of the country, the anti-GM groups have not only made lot of noise against transgenic variety of mustard but also brought molecular scientists into scene to articulate their points about hazards of genetically engineered crops - refreshing the memory of their protests against Bt brinjal held seven years ago.

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Navdanya means “nine seeds” (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on the right to save and share seeds In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, seed savers are the true givers of seed. This gift or “dana” of Navadhanyas (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift – it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, conserving sustainability.

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